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Major Achievements

Primary Subsector

Early Support Programme

One of the goals of the Nine Year Continuing Basic Education Reform (NYCBE) is for learners to master the skills that will facilitate the transition of all to upper secondary education. For this to happen, learning gaps must be identified as early as possible and corrective action taken as soon as learning difficulties are identified. The absence of early intervention leads to an accumulation of learning deficits that becomes very difficult and costly to compensate for later.

This support program has been introduced to allow the recovery of children in case they would have learning difficulties from the beginning of their schooling in Grade 1. Teachers support have been recruited and trained for remediation and pupils requiring additional support are provided for during school hours.

The support program is designed and planned by the teacher and the Support Teacher. Using innovative pedagogies will help children overcome learning difficulties. This will lead to a reduction in the accumulation of learning deficits.

Holistic Education Programme

It is recognized that all children have specific talents as well as the potential to succeed.

In line with the government's policy of continuous nine-year basic education, a more holistic philosophy is being offered to our children to train a future generation of innovative leaders by promoting more balanced and equal learning opportunities for all students. Holistic education includes health and physical education, civic and values, creative arts, music, dance, drama and road safety.

Holistic development focuses on the child's full development, both academically and physically and emotionally. Creativity, the ability to think independently and find solutions to problems, to live together and to work in a team are the skills required in our century.

To this end, Holistic Educators have been recruited and trained to engage children in various academic and recreational activities.

Natation Scolaire

Natation Scolaire was implemented in January 2017 in collaboration with the Mauritius Sports Council (MSC) in about thirty primary schools. So far, some 62 schools with about 3200 students participated in this activity. This project is a joint initiative of the Ministry of Education and Human Resources, Higher Education and Scientific Research, the Ministry of Youth and Sports (MYS) and the MSC. The project takes place every week on a 10-week cycle during which students acquire theoretical knowledge on safety and water awareness as well as practical skills.

 

Secondary Subsector

Implementation of the Extended Programme

​-The Extended Programme is being implemented for students who have not met the minimum requirements at the PSAC.  It consists of a specially adapted curriculum and pedagogy that allows the students to complete the nine-year basic education cycle in four years instead of three.  The first year of the programme seeks to bridge the literacy and numeracy gaps of the pupils and ensure their readiness for the secondary school curriculum.  The programme also involves various supporting measures to strengthen their life skills and enhance their socio-emotional well-being;
​-Communities of Practice have been set up among Educators teaching the Extended Programme for sharing of experiences and best practices.


Introduction of the National Certificate of Education (NCE)
The legal framework has been amended to make provision for the organization of the NCE.

The Annual Programme for the NCE assessment in 2020 has been worked out and made official through the Government Gazette and the first sitting of the NCE will be held in year 2021.

E-Education and Scholarships

  • THE EDLP Project
    The Early Digital Learning Programme which includes provision of digital learning devices (Tablet PCs) to educators and students has been successfully implemented in Grades 1 to 3. This project enhances the use of ICT to improve learning and teaching and encourages an early culture of IT usage.

  • High Speed Connectivity in Primary Schools
    The project consists of the deployment of wireless local area network at each primary school delivering fast and reliable Wi-Fi whilst connected to a state-of-art high-speed wide area network interconnecting primary schools to the Government Online Centre (GOC) for seamlessly access to online educational content.
    The project has been implemented as follows:
  • ​(i)  ​High-speed connectivity using wide area network optimisation technologies at 277 sites in Mauritius and Rodrigues comprising of primary schools and the Government Online Centre (GOC);
    ​(ii) ​Wireless connectivity (Wi-Fi Hotspots) in 276 primary schools (264 in Mauritius and 15 in Rodrigues) for grades 1 up to 6 including computer labs and Head Master's office;
    ​(iii)​High performance infrastructure at the GOC comprising of core networking equipment.

  • The E-timetabling project
    The e-timetabling software has been initiated to ease school administration by harmonising the way timetables are worked out across all secondary schools. This software enables school timetables to be created automatically making optimum use of all resources available.
    ALL state secondary school have been provided with a licensed software. Furthermore Rectors and Deputy Rectors have followed a hands-on training.
     
  • The Student Support Programme
    The Online Student Support Programme has been launched in 2018 as a digital platform for accessing educational contents at secondary level for Grade 7 and extended to Grade 8 in 2019
    Through the Student Support Programme, Ministry has provided students and educators with a set of online digital resources to enable the potential of connectivity to be fully tapped, both for use in the classroom and outside of school.
    This platform, developed with support from NCERT India, the MIE and the OUM, supports students and educators through access to digital resources in terms of multimedia content, videos, reading materials and self-assessment tools adapted to the National Curriculum Framework for Lower Secondary in Mauritius.

  • Scholarships in ICT at Postgraduate level
    To promote a culture of IT in cutting edge sectors of development, and foster a culture of innovation.15 scholarships at Masters level in Digital Technologies and 5 at PhD level.
    Providing support to students, through meeting of tuition fees, to enrol in the Masters in Artificial Intelligence and Robotics at the UDM, including a support in a 3-month overseas placement in ICT.

Technical Education – Setting up of the Polytechnics

In August 2016, decision was taken for the setting up of the Polytechnics in Mauritius. Polytechnics Mauritius Ltd was subsequently established in 2017 under the Ministry with the mandate to address the emerging needs of Mauritius for a skilled and competent workforce at the middle professional level. Its vision “to innovate and craft a high-skills ecosystem" is fully in line with Vision 2030 of this Government to move Mauritius from a middle-income to a high-income economy status and to strengthen the Knowledge Hub.

Polytechnics Mauritius Ltd started operations in three state-of-the-art campuses located at Pamplemousses, Réduit and Montagne Blanche which offer courses in their respective fields, namely, Nursing and Health Sciences, Information Technology and Hospitality and Tourism.